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Stradivarius is a Glorious hit

Goodwood bosses have hailed an ‘excellent week’ as tens of thousands of people flocked to Glorious for the festival.


The five-day feast of racing saw some of the finest horses in the world battle it out on the fabled South Downs course.


The highlight of the week was a second consecutive Goodwood Cup for John Gosden’s Stradivarius.


The four-year-old reeled in Torcedor to seal the win on Tuesday to mean its connections are in line for a £1m bonus if the horse can win the Lonsdale Cup at next month’s Ebor Festival at York.


Gosden said: “He got the job done. This is not a track where you want to give a rival too much rope, but all’s well that ends well. Congratulations to the second for making it such a fantastic race.”


Racing also delivered notable victories for Battash (King George), Wild Illusion (Nassau), Lightning Spear (Sussex Stakes) and Cross Counter (Gordon Stakes).


The week was rounded off with a win for Gifted Master by a short-head victory in the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup.


Trainer Hugo Palmer needed some convincing about the win, saying: “I wasn’t sure we’d won until I saw the slow-mo!”


Mark Johnston took the leading trainer award with four wins over the five days while Ryan Moore was top jockey.


Nearly 100,000 people attended the Chichester course over five days of racing.


While that number was down on last year, officials were delighted with the reaction.


Alex Eade, general manager of Goodwood Racecourse, said: “We have enjoyed an excellent week, aided by the beautiful weather.


“The racing has been superb across all five days, with some brilliant performances from the likes of Battaash, Wild Illusion, Dark Vision and Cross Counter.


“Stradivarius winning his second Qatar Goodwood Cup was a major highlight, as was Lightning Spear, a real Goodwood favourite, landing his first Group 1 in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.


“The atmosphere across the course has been really relaxed and trouble-free. Racegoers have been giving us some wonderful feedback, with the new Champagne bar being extremely well-received.”

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